Another in a series of vintage Cognac bottlings from this stellar house of Cognac. Raymond Ragnaud are a family owned business that has been in operation since 1860. They own a small vineyard of 47 hectares of some the most prime farmland in the Grand Champagne cru. This cru is recognised as the finest in the Cognac region, and indeed, Raymond Ragnaud produce all their cognac from grapes grown in the cru. As such, their spirit is of a consistently superb quality.
This fine vintage Cognac is no exception. Raymond Ragnaud 1993 was bottled on the 23rd of November 2011, meaning it had rested in oak casks in the Maison’s cellar for fully 18 years. Vintage Cognac is created from what season’s harvest and one year’s distillation, and it is normally reserved for the very finest harvest years. This is one of the best vintage Grand Champagne Cognacs on the market, as demonstrated by its tremendous range of flavours. On the nose this Cognac offers aromas of golden tobacco smoke, rich brown sugar, pastry, apricots and flowers. The palate is dense and rich, bringing more dried fruit and dark sweet wine notes, with some heavy bittersweet oak tannins and a little black tea. The finish is long, with a lingering fruitiness and a slight edge of smoke and chalky soil illustrating the terroir of this Cognac. Raymond Ragnaud has a minimalist approach to design, allowing the Cognac capture the imagination with its incredible flavours. That said, this has one of the richest colours of any Cognac we have seen at Fine Drams.